Shropshire Council

Residential caravan sites fit and proper person register

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On 1 July 2021 the Mobile Homes (Requirement for Manager of Site to be Fit and Proper Person) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force. The regulations prohibit the use of land as a residential mobile home site unless the local authority is satisfied that the owner or manager of the site is a fit and proper person to manage the site.

The purpose of the fit and proper person test is to improve the standards of residential mobile home site management.

What sites do the regulations apply to?

All relevant protected sites, as defined in section 5A(5) of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960. This includes both wholly residential and mixed use (holiday and residential) sites. The only sites exempted by the regulations are those occupied by members of the same family and not being run as commercial (where units are sold or rented to residents) residential sites.

Who does the fit and proper person assessment apply to?

Either the site owner or the person appointed by the site owner to manage the site must be a fit and proper person. This person is referred to as the ‘relevant person’ in the regulations. The person who is on the register should be the person with day to day responsibility for the running of the site.

It's the responsibility of the site owner to make the application, even if it's the site manager who will be on the register. If a site isn't owned by an individual, the application must be made on their behalf by a ‘relevant officer’. Who the relevant officer is will depend on the circumstances of the site’s ownership:

  • Where the site owner is a company, the relevant officer will be a director or other officer of the company
  • Where the site owner is a partnership, the relevant officer will be a partner
  • Where the site owner is a body corporate, the relevant officer will be a member where the conduct of the management of the body is vested in its members
  • Where the site owner doesn't fall into any of the above categories, the relevant officer will be a member of the management committee

Where there are joint site owners, only one of the owners needs to make the application on behalf of them all.

What is a fit and proper person?

As part of the application to be on the fit and proper person register, the site owner must provide information relating to the conduct of the person who they are applying to be on the register (the ‘relevant person’), and their ability to secure the proper management of the site. Included in this information will be whether the relevant person:

  • Has committed any offence involving fraud or other dishonesty, violence, arson or drugs or listed in Schedule 3 to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (offences attracting notification requirements)
  • Has contravened any provision of the law relating to housing, caravan sites, mobile homes, public health, planning or environmental health or of landlord and tenant law
  • Has contravened any provision of the Equality Act 2010 in, or in connection with, the carrying on of any business
  • Has harassed any person in, or in connection with, the carrying on of any business
  • Is, or has been within the past ten years, personally insolvent
  • Is, or has been within the past ten years, disqualified from acting as a company director
  • Has the right to work in the UK
  • Is a member of any redress scheme for dealing with complaints in connection with the management of the site
  • Has had an application to be included on a fit and proper register rejected by any other local authority

A basic criminal record certificate (Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate) must also be provided dated no earlier than six months before the date of the application. DBS applications can be made directly through the website.

What is the application process?

We'll begin taking applications from 1 July 2021. You must have submitted your application to us by 1 October 2021. Operating a site without a fit and proper person in place and withholding information or including false or misleading information on an application are offences under the regulations, liable on summary conviction to an unlimited fine.

The application form can be downloaded on this web page.

How much will it cost?

There is a fee for issuing this document, which is taken when you apply.

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The Licensing Team, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND

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